We acknowledge that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Internship Program in School Psychology takes place on the traditional unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory, and we thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land. A significant focus of this internship program is on diversity: working towards developing a knowledge and understanding of anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and culturally relevant practice. We recognize and value the importance of lived experience and experientially gained knowledge.
This internship program is designed to develop the clinical and professional/ethical skills required to function as a school psychologist, with an emphasis on the scientist-practitioner model. All work is conducted in a multi-disciplinary context.
Interns are assigned to 3-4 elementary and secondary schools to which they provide services for the duration of the school year (September - June). In schools, interns are provided with the opportunity to conduct assessments (learning, developmental, behavioural, mental health, risk, threat) with elementary and secondary students (aged 3-21) from a variety of racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. They are also able to develop intervention skills with students and their families through short-term counselling or more in-depth involvement. A major focus of this internship is developing effective consultation skills by consulting with school staff, community professionals, and families.
Additional clinical opportunities are offered to meet the intern's training goals and round out their training experience; these last for 5-10 months, depending on the areas selected. Examples of these include Early Learning, Developmental Disability, Autism, Behaviour, Gifted, and Program Evaluation.
Interns are also expected to participate in didatic and other professional development opportunities, and conduct clinical research throughout their training year. Further, they are provided with the opportunity to supervise practicum students.
During the summer months, interns complete program evaluation or program development activities. They also have the opportunity to engage in self-reflection and professional growth activities to support their transition from intern to autonomy.